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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brief News Update for Thursday 27th January, 2011

Foreigner to Tour in India for the First Time!

Foreigner will be headed to India for the first time for a 5 show tour!
They will be joined by renowned Indian musician Niladri Kumar, the young Sitar Maestro, in a concept-tour where Rock Stars meet Rock Sitars!

Every show will open with a 40 minute set by Niladri Kumar, a renowned Indian musician specializing in the Electric Sitar (Zitar). Foreigner will then take to the stage next, performing a set of their most popular songs. At the end of Foreigner`s set, Niladri Kumar will join them on stage for an encore fusing the musical styles of both artists and creating a uniquely unforgettable experience!
Sounds wild, huh?!

Date City Venue
February 2011
11.2.11 Delhi, India Talkatora Indoor Stadium
13.2.11 Mumbai, India St. Andrews Auditorium
14.2.11 Hyderabad, India Taramati Baradari
17.2.11 Kolkata, India Science City Auditorium
20.2.11 Bangalore, India Palace Grounds

UK's Download Festival Line Up grows

The UK's Download rock festival, at Donington Park race track, that started some years back now replacing the old Monsters of Rock annual event in the same location, appears to be almost - but a long way off yet I'm sure - to be heading back to including many classic rock style bands.

Of course when Download first started, it was simply all metal / thrash / goth stuff, but over the last few years, the line ups have included the likes of: Whitesnake, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Journey, Europe, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Y&T, Thunder, Tesla, etc.

The 2011 festival line up, for the weekend of June 10th through to the 12th, although being headlined by newer acts, of a more metal nature or rap rock style in Linkin Park's case, are being crept up on already by the likes of Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Mr. Big and FM.
There's still a long way to go before the bill is completely finalised, so keep checking back here and also at:

Here's this years flyer so far ....

Bob Seger could tour again in 2011

According to Rolling Stone magazine and Bob Seger's site himself, there are hint's that the Detroit classic rocker, may well play a limited - Very! - set of tour dates.

At this time it's being suggested that these might be, St. Louis, Cleveland, New York and of course his hometown, Detroit, Michigan.
This is over at Rolling Stone magazine:

Over at the man's site, there's a video screen - Although it wouldn't play for me - and the simple statement ... Stay tuned!
Official site:

I must say, I was extremely impressed when I saw the man here in Auburn Hills, Michigan on his comeback, 'Face The Promise' tour back in 2006, which I reviewed for the site, and that review can be found here:

I sincerely hope the man does play some more dates, as he certainly came across like there was more in the guy to share with us all.
Here's hoping, eh?


Advanced Capabilities, Intuitive Controls and Impressive List of Top Artists Sure to Change the Way Music is Learned ..

“If I had this when I was learning to play guitar, it would have saved me years of frustration,” - John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson)

"Absolutely amazing,”Al Schmitt (17x Grammy-winning engineer and 2x Latin Grammy winner- Ray Charles/Steely Dan)

"For years, musicians have been interpreting music incorrectly because up until now you couldn't hear the isolated the tracks. Jammit solves the problem,” - Steve Lukather (Toto/G3)

HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 26, 2011) - Learning music is difficult. Changing the way it is learned is even more challenging. Revolutionizing the industry is unheard of until now with the introduction of Jammit™, the first and only music software offering budding and veteran rock stars access to top industry artists’ original multi-track master recordings.
The unveiling will be held on January 27th at 1 PM in Media Center room #2008 at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Afterward, it will also be on display with live demos at booth #339.

Created by renowned music producer Scott Humphrey (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne), Jammit™ gives music fans of all levels a way to learn their favorite artists’ tracks as they were meant to be played. Features include instrument isolation, synchronized notation and tablature combined with phrase looping and a slow speed function without changing pitch. Jammit™ truly is a music edu-tainment revolution. A quick product video demo is available on YouTube at

Jammit™ is comprised of a proprietary technology developed by Humphrey and his team of engineers that will inevitably change the way music is learned in the home, music studios and education facilities across the world.

“Until now, there was always a level of uncertainty of how the original track was played,” said Humphrey. “Jammit™ offers musicians a unique combination of software features combined with isolated tracks from the original multi-track master recordings. Our ever expanding library features many of the top artists from the last four decades.”

A sampling of the vast Jammit™ library includes access to fan favorites such as Steve Vai, Rob Zombie, Nickelback, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Foreigner, Motley Crüe, Grateful Dead, Pantera and Alice Cooper among others.

Previously, people had to rely on traditional learning tactics like printed sheet music or mixed audio files, constantly pushing play, rewind and play again on their music player. With the introduction of Jammit™, musicians finally have access to the isolated multi-tracks sessions combined with innovative and easy-to-use software for maximum learning potential. Proprietary variable timing reference technology offers users access to many features including:

* Isolation of individual instruments and vocals for pinpoint learning
* Synchronized scrolling notation and tablature
* Audio waveform displays for visual cues and navigation
* Looping and song section markers for detailed accuracy
* Performance recording and playback
* Slow playback mode that doesn’t affect the original pitch

By having the ability to isolate an individual instrument within a dense mix, a musician can hear the intricacies of an instrument, making it easier and more enjoyable to learn and emulate. The scrolling digital notation and tablature makes it easy to reference and follow along with the audio. Users can practice in loop mode, mute the isolated track, jam along with the band track and record their own performance.

With the ability to learn from the master musicians themselves, Jammit™ is a must have for all music students and accomplished musicians. Available soon at, music lovers can easily download, install and purchase their favorite songs for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, OS X, Windows and other devices.


Scott Humphrey is a world-renowned multi-platinum producer, composer and digital recording pioneer. In the early 1990’s Humphrey’s technical contributions to the Pro Tools audio software helped to shape the digital audio standard by which most of today’s recordings follow. Highly acclaimed recording artists such as Metallica, Motley Crüe and Bon Jovi have all prospered as a direct result of Humphrey’s digital audio artistry. He has also been a long time producer/collaborator with Rob Zombie and is the founder of The Chop Shop recording studios in Hollywood, California. For more information on Jammit™ go to:

T.S.O. head out on 'Beethoven's Last Night' 2011 tour

Yes indeed, almost no sooner than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have wrapped up their Winter / Christmas Tour 2010, they have lined up a big old set of tour dates for 2011, for the 'Beethoven's Last Night' 2011 tour and this time around, it includes Europe!

Sorry UK fans, it seems to be that sad same old story of when US band come over and there's only one date, Hammy Odeon, oops, sorry Apollo!
This came to my Inbox late yesterday:

Dear TSO Fans,

We are excited to announce the 2011 Beethoven's Last Night Tour. Since there may be a couple of additions in the near future, check out our tour page for the latest updates.

Beethoven's Last Night 2011 Tour Dates - US & Canada
(All dates and times are subject to change)
April 2011
2 April 2011 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena - 8:00 PM
3 April 2011 - Windsor, ON - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor - 8:00 PM
5 April 2011 - Akron, OH - EJ Thomas Perf. Arts Hall-Univ. of Akron - 7:30 PM
6 April 2011 - Erie, PA - Erie Civic Center - 7:30 PM
7 April 2011 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center - 7:30 PM
8 April 2011 - Syracuse, NY - War Memorial at Oncenter Complex - 8:00 PM
9 April 2011 - Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre - 8:00 PM
10 April 2011 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena - 7:00 PM
13 April 2011 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace - 7:30 PM
14 April 2011 - Wheeling, WV - WesBanco Arena - 7:30 PM
15 April 2011 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena - 8:00 PM
16 April 2011 - Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum - 8:00 PM
17 April 2011 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Civic Center - 7:30 PM
19 April 2011 - Chattanooga, TN - Memorial Auditorium - 7:30 PM
20 April 2011 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Coliseum - 7:30 PM
21 April 2011 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum - 7:30 PM
22 April 2011 - Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Civic Center - 8:00 PM
23 April 2011 - Lakeland, FL - The Lakeland Center - 8:00 PM
24 April 2011 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena - 7:30 PM
27 April 2011 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center - 7:30 PM
28 April 2011 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - 7:30 PM
29 April 2011 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center Arena - 8:00 PM
30 April 2011 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Coliseum - 8:00 PM

May 2011
1 May 2011 - Beaumont, TX - Ford Arena - 7:30 PM
4 May 2011 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center - 7:30 PM
5 May 2011 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum - 7:30 PM
6 May 2011 - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum - 8:00 PM
8 May 2011 - Corpus Christi, TX - Selena Auditorium - 7:30 PM
11 May 2011 - Evansville, IN - The Centre - 7:30 PM
12 May 2011 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show ME Center - 7:30 PM
13 May 2011 - Moline, IL - i wireless Center - 8:00 PM
14 May 2011 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Showroom - 8:00 PM
15 May 2011 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center - 7:30 PM
17 May 2011 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center - 7:30 PM
19 May 2011 - Toronto, ON - Casino Rama - 8:00 PM
20 May 2011 - Binghamton, NY - Broome County Arena - 8:00 PM
21 May 2011 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic Center - 8:00 PM

Beethoven's Last Night 2011 Tour Dates - European Dates
(All dates and times are subject to change)

March 2011
16 March 2011 - Zürich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion - 8:00 PM
17 March 2011 - München, Germany - Zenith - 8:00 PM
18 March 2011 - Wien, Austria - Stadthalle - 8:00 PM
19 March 2011 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle - 8:00 PM
20 March 2011 - Mainz, Germany - Phoenixhalle - 8:00 PM
22 March 2011 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom - 8:00 PM
23 March 2011 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH2 - 8:00 PM
24 March 2011 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle - 8:00 PM
25 March 2011 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Stadsschouwburg - 8:00 PM
26 March 2011 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall - 8:00 PM
28 March 2011 - London, United Kingdom - Hammersmith Apollo - 6:30 PM
Official Weblinks:

And finally ....

Yes, it's one of these interesting little closers for today's news items.
I've had a request from a good friend of mine, if I could post this here at the site.
An established Ann Arbor based hard rock / metal band is looking for 'serious' manager, read on if this may be you!
I can tell you that they have just completed a self financed EP - Recorded, mixed, pressed, DONE and are ready to rock 'n' roll! Enough from me though ... 

Business Manager (Intern)

An established local Rock Band is seeking a business manager to provide the following services:

*Help develop marketing strategies and material
*Assist with creative input to develop “brand” and name recognition
*Develop and execute marketing programs
*Interface with suppliers, recording studios, and business owners
*Manage fiscal and material property

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the business of music and an appreciation for the art of crafting popular music. The qualifications include a strong business background with a marketing flair and enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude. Previous experience, while preferred is not required.
Influences for this band include Nickelback, God Smack, and similar rock/metal groups.
The band writes and performs original music that could be considered Rock/Alternative.

The position is considered a part-time internship with a strictly commissioned compensation plan. It reports to the band members but will be mentored by a professional business consultant.

Interested and qualified candidates should send resumes, CVs or career summaries to Jim Miles at -

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